Alissa McKee Ellison - Attorney at Law

401 East Jackson Street
Suite 2700
Post Office Box 3324 (33601-3324)
Tampa, Florida 33602

P 813-273-5000
F 813-273-5145

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Biography

Alissa is a member of the Appellate, Litigation, Class Action Defense, and Banking & Finance Practice Group. She represents financial institutions with respect to contractual defenses, Uniform Commercial Code defenses, with an emphasis on class action defenses and appellate work. Alissa has been involved in over twenty successful appeals on behalf of her clients. 

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Background

Alissa graduated from Stetson University College of Law with her juris doctor degree in May 2005. She earned her bachelor's of science degrees in political science and mass media communications, and a minor in English, from Florida State University.

Prior to joining GrayRobinson in September 2005, Alissa worked in the legal department of the 13th Judicial Circuit in 2004 and then clerked for the Honorable Barbara Fleischer and the Honorable Debra Behnke in the spring of 2005.

Education
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (honors, 2005)
    • Graduated 10th out of 131
    • Law Review, 2003-2005
  • Florida State University, B.S. (summa cum laude, 2001)
    • Political Science, B.S.
    • Mass Media Communications, B.S.
    • Minor in English
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
Admissions
  • Florida
Awards & Recognitions
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, Top Up and Comer Under 40, 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2011, 2017 
Civic
  • Glazer Children’s Museum, Board Member
  • Circle of Red
  • USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy
  • Imagination Gala, Host Committee, 2016
  • American Cancer Society Tampa Bay, Cattle Baron's Ball Committee
  • Leadership Tampa, Class of 2012
Articles & Publications
Reported Cases
  • Krinsk v. SunTrust Banks, Inc., 654 F.3d 1194 (2011) — successful appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal which resulted in a reversal of the lower court's previous decision that SunTrust had waived its right to arbitrate a class action case on an individual basis by virtue of its participation in litigation prior to the Plaintiffs filing an Amended Complaint. In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal held that when a plaintiff files an amended pleading that unexpectedly changes the shape of the litigation, a defendant's right to assert a right to arbitration is revived, even if the defendant had previously waived its right to arbitrate. The Eleventh Circuit held that the Amended Complaint at issue contained a dramatically larger proposed class definition and that, therefore, SunTrust's right to compel individual arbitration was revived.
  • Lesti et al. v. SunTrust Bank et al., Case 2:11-cv-00695-JES-DNF — Successful defense of class action case which resulted in a dismissal, with prejudice, prior to class discovery and class certification.  Claims potentially exceeded more than $318,164,754.01.
  • Braham et al. v. Branch Banking and Trust Company — Case No. 2012-CA-0011668-0- Successful defense of a class action case resulting in dismissal prior to certification by arguing that Florida Statute § 655.85, which plaintiffs claimed prevented financial institutions from charging non-account holders a fee in exchange for cashing a check drawn on an account held at the bank, did not create a private right of action. The ruling was significant in that it effectively allowed state-chartered banks transacting business in Florida to continue to charge fees in exchange for cashing checks presented by non-customers, despite a previous Florida court decision that prohibited such fees. 
  • T.D. Bank, N.A. v. Graubard, 172 So. 3d 550 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015) – obtained an appellate ruling holding that, because the deficiency motion filed in a foreclosure case is a continuation of the foreclosure itself, banks are not required to introduce the Final Judgments into evidence. There were no previous Florida appellate decisions on this issue at the time.  The Fifth District Court of Appeal entered a written opinion in TD Bank’s  favor and the matter was reversed and remanded to the lower court.  
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